Here are five worries that you and I need to move past.
Fear of Death
What is the worst thing that could happen to a Christian here on Earth? Is dying really the worst thing that could happen? No, because Paul said, “We are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). Is it really that terrible to die in the faith? It is then when you’re directly in the presence of Jesus Christ–how awesome that will be! We have no fear of death, but those who are not saved should be, as Jesus said, “I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him” (Luke 12:5)!
Worry Over Needs
This is my own weakness. I needlessly worry about the needs of my family more than my own. But Jesus gave us an example and said, “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they” (Matthew 6:26)? God “gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry” (Psalm 147:9). Jesus would ask us all, “Which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life” (Matthew 6:27)? The obvious answer is none of us can. We need to trust God enough to take care of us, as He provides for His own creatures. And “are you not of more value than they”?
Fear of Failure
Failure is never final, but we often learn more from failures than during times of success. Thomas Edison failed thousands of times, but these failures showed him what didn’t work in creating a long-burning lightbulb. He could have given up, but his failures kept him trying new things until he finally succeeded. Failures make us inch closer to success, even if it’s one inch at a time.
What We See
This is a very hard one, and I speak from experience. I have met the enemy in the mirror, and it is me, who keeps looking at debits and credits and not fixing my eyes on Jesus. Peter was able to actually walk on water, but once he took his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink (Matthew 14:22-33). Instead of looking at Jesus, Peter “saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me’” (Matthew 14:30). At least Peter looked back at Jesus. Of course, Jesus saves Him. It’s His business; it’s what He does. Try to ignore all the chaos in your life and focus on Jesus. Look to Him and not the wind.
Worry Over Salvation
If you have trusted in Christ after you repented or turned away from your sins, I would ask, why worry about your salvation? Do you really think Jesus would save us only to have us fail? Jesus said, “Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this” (John 11:25-26)? I suggest you read Romans chapter 8 to see why I can say that with confidence. In Paul’s very last letter before his martyrdom, he wrote to Timothy, “For I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me” (2 Timothy 1:12). Are you persuaded?
No Christian should fear death, no Christian should worry over needs, no Christian should fear failure, no Christian should trust their eyes alone, and no Christian should lose sleep over losing what they never gained in the first place by themselves (Ephesians 2:8-9), which is eternal life in Christ (John 3:16-17).
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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